Water Trail Planned for the Upper Cheat River
4 October 2012
By Staff reports
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A water trail is being planned for the upper
Cheat River, starting with a 38-mile stretch of gentle paddling
water between Hendricks in Tucker County and Rowlesburg in Preston
"The upper Cheat is a beautiful, easy section of river to make
available to the world," said Peggy Pings, an outdoor recreation
planner with the National Park Service's Rivers and Trails
Program. A Cheat River water trail would likely qualify for
inclusion in a new national system of water trails being developed
with NPS assistance, Pings said.
The proposed water trail is a project of the Friends of the Cheat
watershed organization, which will soon begin holding public
meetings and informational sessions with county commissions and
other local government groups along the upper Cheat River to
discuss the project.
The Upper Cheat Water Trail would allow "individuals of limited
paddling abilities to experience one of West Virginia's most
scenic rivers," said Frank Jernejcic, district fishery biologist
with the West Virginia DNR, in a news release announcing plans for
the water trail. "The Cheat's smallmouth bass fishery has improved
significantly during the past 30 years and can provide fishing
opportunities for neophyte and experienced anglers alike."
Potential stream access points have been identified and surveyed
to determine what property owners should be contacted and what
signage and boat launch improvements may be needed to create
user-friendly stream access. Research is also being done to
identify historical sites and significant natural areas along the
paddling route, as well as businesses likely to be patronized by
water trail users. Maps, brochures and a water trail website are
in the preliminary stage of development.
Copies of the Upper Cheat Water Trail draft designation document
are posted in the Tucker County Courthouse, the Tucker County
Commission office, Five Rivers Public Library, Parsons City Hall,
Hendricks Town Hall, Hambleton Town Hall, Davis City Hall, Thomas
City Hall, Mountaintop Public Library, Tucker County Development
Authority, Tucker County Visitors Information Center, Preston
County Commission Office, Preston County Courthouse, Kingwood City
Hall, Kingwood Public Library, Rowlesburg Town Hall, Rowlesburg
Post Office and Albright Town Hall. The document is also available
online at http://www.cheatriverwatertrail.org.
For more information, contact Cheat River Water Trail Committee
chairman David Cassell at mtbik...@comcast.net, visit the water
trail website listed above, or view the organization's Facebook
page at http://www.facebook.com/groups/cheat.river.water.trail.